High School Sports

JFK, Bristol clash in D4 district semifinal

John F. Kennedy’s boys basketball team expected to be back here. Bristol, not so much, after losing five of its top eight players to graduation. Tonight, the two area Division IV powers meet again in another district semifinal at Grand Valley High School. Bristol won last year’s game ...

Devils, Flashes set for semis

Things get more and more difficult along the tournament trail for the Champion boys basketball team, while McDonald seemingly has things going its way. Both teams play in district semifinal games tonight. The Golden Flashes, 12-12 and seeded fifth in the Division III district at Warren G. ...

LaBrae, Maplewood get boys districts underway

District semifinal opponents tonight of LaBrae and Maplewood — Berkshire and Cornerstone Christian, respectively — have differing stories when it comes to won-lost records that include at least six losses. LaBrae (23-0) and the top-ranked Division III team in Ohio, according to Associated ...

Harding back to district after rout of Fitch

WARREN — Andy Vlajkovich was happy with what he saw from his Warren G. Harding boys basketball team in the first half of Saturday’s Division I sectional bracket final against Austintown Fitch. “I thought the whole first half we guarded as hard as we’ve guarded all year with some good ...

No doubt about it

ALLIANCE — David Crawford wasn’t concerned as the final seconds began to tick away in his 170-pound Division II district championship match, but everyone else from Canfield sure seemed to be. Crawford, the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the state at his weight class, hasn’t lost in nearly two ...

Pymatuning Valley has two district champions

GARFIELD HEIGHTS — Only once in the history of the Pymatuning Valley wrestling program has a grappler competed for the district championship in his weight class. That man, current coach David Miller, fell short of a title in 1994, but he was matside as the Lakers doubled down on history ...

Girard wrestlers keep it simple, advance to state

ALLIANCE — Girard’s Dakota McCloskey and Jack DelGarbino try not to complicate things. Ask one of them what his goal is as a wrestler, a straight-forward answer is coming. “Win,” said McCloskey when asked what his expectations were as he enters the state wrestling tournament. He ...

Back-to-back district titles for Blue Jays

MINERAL RIDGE — The Jackson-Milton girls basketball team captured its second consecutive Division IV district championship with a 48-22 win Saturday over McDonald at Mineral Ridge High School. “Our first goal was league title, the second was sectionals and now this, getting past districts ...

Strong 2nd half carries Garfield over Flashes

RAVENNA — Garrettsville Garfield coach Aaron Gilbert had a pretty special day on Saturday at Ravenna High School, as his girls basketball team won its second district title in three years, the same day he celebrated his 40th birthday. After knocking off the Champion Golden Flashes, 55-39, ...

Howland boys fall; Ursuline girls to regional

Division I boys UNIONTOWN LAKE 56, HOWLAND 36: UNIONTOWN — The Tigers were outscored, 16-0, in the first quarter of the sectional bracket final loss at Uniontown. The Tigers managed to keep pace with Uniontown in the final three quarters, however, as the Tigers were only outscored, ...

Girard bowlers 10th at state meet

Girard sophomore Donny Bishop finished second overall among individual qualifiers and almost led the Indians into the championship round Saturday in the Division II boys bowling state tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. Bishop fired a 684 series during qualifying, with a high game of ...

Rowley, Wallace, Fairbanks take top 3 at OATCCC state track

AKRON — A pair of area seniors took top three in the 1,600-meter races during Saturday’s Division II-III Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches state indoor track and field meet at the University of Akron. Western Reserve’s Ashleigh Rowley went 5:05.45 to take second in the ...

Looking ahead

WARREN — If Justin Bofenkamp had his way, this game would have already happened. Fate wouldn’t have it that way ... and neither would John F. Kennedy coach Mark Komlanc. The Eagles set up a rematch with Bristol by clobbering Richmond Heights, 83-38, Friday night in a Division IV ...

Champion overcomes GV in OT

ORWELL — Champion boys basketball coach Jamie Carrino urges the Golden Flashes to move on from mistakes with effort. He wants his players to make amends with that effort. Senior Noah Bayus did just that and turned the tide of a Division III sectional bracket final at Grand Valley on Friday ...

Maplewood edges Windham to advance

MECCA — Maplewood’s defense was able to hold off a last-second Windham shot to tie the game, as the Rockets took a 54-52 win Friday night in a Division IV sectional bracket final. Eric Park’s last-gasp jumper wasn’t able to fall for the Bombers, as Maplewood defeated Windham for the ...

Girard knocks off Canfield in Division II

CANFIELD — “Since the day we lost to them (Canfield) last year, I’ve been counting down the days until we could get them again,” jubilant Girard senior guard Anthony Graziano said Friday night after the Indians got their sweet revenge with a, 71-63 overtime victory on the road in a ...

Flashes, Garfield in girls III final

The Garrettsville Garfield girls basketball team has been here. They’ve done it. They’ve slain the dragon. Champion is beginning to trudge the path the G-Men already have taken. On the outside, it would appear both teams are facing some pressure heading into the Division III district ...

Blue Jays, Blue Devils battle again for title

The Jackson-Milton and McDonald girls basketball teams will rematch in the Division IV Mineral Ridge District championship game today, following district semifinal wins on Wednesday night. The Blue Jays got the best of the Blue Devils last year, 36-20. This year’s game, which will take ...

LaBrae, McDonald, Bristol move on

Division III LABRAE 92, MINERAL RIDGE 50: LEAVITTSBURG — The No. 1 Vikings made 35 field goals and 18 of 24 free throws in the win. Four players scored in double-figures, led by Carlton Brown’s 19 points. LaBrae (23-0) will play No. 8 Berkshire in a district semifinal on Moday. The game ...

Ursuline nips Mooney; Brookfield eliminated

Division II URSULINE 39, CARDINAL MOONEY 37: YOUNGSTOWN — The Irish take another victory in the “Holy War,” as it used a 14-11 fourth quarter advantage to take the win. Dakota Hobbs had 11 points, and the Irish made 7 of 9 free throws on the night. The win puts Ursuline in a district ...